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reform law took effect today. hospitals will face big fines if too many of their medicare patients have to be readmitted lookse of complications. we asked anna werner to look into this. >> reporter: so this is everything you have to take? >> yes. >> reporter: 84-year-old phil eckloff suffers from congestive heart failure and diabetes and wound up in the hospital twice ais year. l twice a laundry list of follow-up instructions and fedications. so you have to deal with all this stuff. this is a lot of-- a lot of medications. a lot to remember. >> yeah, it is. >> reporter: eckloff is fortunate. f isas a home health care worker to help him. what do you think it would be like for you if you had to keep y with all this by yourself? >> if you don't take a service like this you'll end up become you'llhospital. and that's true. >> reporter: federal officials ere concerned that many medicare patients fail to get the necessary follow-up care and end up being readmitted to the hospital, often in the same tnth. so the government is now penalizing hospitals for excessive readmissions in three areas:
supplements because federal law classifies them as food not drugs. products are required to be safe but the f.d.a. only monitors them after they're on the market. when it comes to proof, supplement makers are only required to say research has been done, they are not required to show it to the f.d.a. the natural products association-- the main trade group of the supplement industry-- issued a statement saying: the investigators looked at 127 supplements that claim to boost the immune system or help with weight loss. none-- none-- met all of the f.d.a.'s recommendations for proving the products actually work. >> pelley: and we should mention, jon, the report we're referring to was produced today by the department of health and human services. there's another medical story that we're following tonight, jon, a deadly outbreak of meningitis. it has spread to five states, 26 people have been infected, four have died. a suspected source is tainted steroid injections that is used to treat back pain. the medication came from a pharmacy in massachusetts that issued a recall last week. jon, what have yo
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